Proud to Foster – Celebrating Pride 2024

Pride Month is a celebration and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community, their history, achievements, culture, and ongoing work for equality and acceptance.

Pride Month is a celebration and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community, their history, achievements, culture, and ongoing work for equality and acceptance.

This June, Swiis Foster Care are proud to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community and the amazing impact our LGBTQ+ foster carers have on the young people within their care.

Why is it important to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ foster carers?

One of our most asked questions is ‘can I foster if I identify as LGBTQ+?’, and the answer is absolutely!

Swiis welcomes foster carers from all walks of life and backgrounds, including those from the LGBTQ+ community, both with a partner and single applicants.

Your gender and sexual identity does not prevent you from becoming a foster carer provided you are able to offer a child or young person all the support they need in an environment.

Despite this, the myth that those who identify as LGBTQ+ cannot foster remains prevalent. Our own research from 2023 shows that 35% of those who identified as homosexual, gay or lesbian, thought they could not, or were unsure if they could foster.

Why is it important to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ foster carers?

England currently has over 80,000 children needing a foster home. With only 43,000 foster households in England, there is a growing deficit of homes for these children, and an ever-growing need for new foster carers.

The impact our LGBTQ+ foster carers have on the young people in their care

"We really wanted to provide a warm safe environment for children and especially wanted to keep sibling groups together. Since becoming foster carers, Swiis have made us and the children we care for feel like we are part of an extended family."

"I can only say that fostering as a same-sex couple has been such a positive experience for us and for some of the young people we have had placed with us, giving them the confidence to initiate age-appropriate conversations about thoughts and concerns they had in respect of their own sexuality; a topic they had previously felt uncomfortable approaching, which obviously had a negative impact on their confidence, mental health and behaviour."

"I find the small details that many people would take for granted very rewarding. Seeing a child playing in the garden, with their mind free of worry, to explore the moment is so heartwarming. I love showing them a different way through life and helping them to build confidence. Watching a child grow gives me so much pleasure."

Come see us at Bristol Pride 2024

The Swiis team will be at Bristol Pride 2024 this year in the Community Area Tent!

Come and say hello and chat with our friendly team about your fostering questions.

Plus, play our fostering ‘spin the wheel’ game to be in with the chance of winning some exciting prizes!

Bristol Pride

How you can get involved with ‘Proud to Foster’?

How you can get involved with ‘Proud to Foster’?

Speak to our team

Have questions about fostering or are you ready to start your journey? Contact a member of our friendly team here.

Download our info pack

Want to learn more about becoming a foster carer? Click below to download our info pack.

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